Should I Visit Laos in September? – Weather & Best Places to Go

If you’re contemplating a trip to Laos in September, it’s essential to consider the weather conditions and the best places to visit during this time. September may not be the most beautiful time of the year to visit Laos, but it also offers its own charm and various wonderful features for travelers when coming. This comprehensive travel guide will provide you with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision about visiting Laos in September.

What is the Weather Like in Laos in September?

Laos weather features in September


In September, Laos is in the midst of its rainy season, which typically lasts from May to November. It’s important to note that Laos experiences two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. The dry season is generally considered the preferred time to visit Laos, but the rainy months have their own unique charm. September is a good time for those who want to experience the beauty of Northern Laos and indulge in the abundance of seasonal fruits.

In September, you can expect warm temperatures with occasional rainfall. The average temperature ranges from 24°C (75°F) to 32°C (90°F). It’s recommended to pack lightweight and breathable clothing, as well as a rain jacket or umbrella, in preparation for the sporadic showers. While there may be several rainy days in September, the rainfall tends to decrease towards the end of the month.

Despite the rain, visiting Laos in September offers the opportunity to witness the lush green landscapes of the countryside. One thing is that the rainy season also means fewer tourists, and therefore you can travel and see more with so much ease and joy at lower costs than the peak season for tourists in Laos!

Read more about Laos Weather by month by visiting our blog: Laos weather by month: When is the best time of year to visit Laos? 

Best Places to Go

Despite the rainy season, Laos offers several captivating destinations that are worth exploring in September. Here are some of the best places to visit:

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the oldest town in Laos that still exists today. Due to its history, the town has a distinctive combination of French and Laos architecture. It is located on the bank of the Mekong River. In September, the surrounding landscapes are lush and green, creating a picturesque backdrop. If you visit Luang Prabang in September, the temperature is very pleasant and quite cool.

During this month, you will have the opportunity to see dragon boat races on the Nam Khan River. This festival takes place every year for 6 weeks from late August to early October (thus September is the prime time if you want to witness this particular cultural activity).

Attraction Luang Prabang in Laos
Attraction Luang Prabang in Laos

Nong Khiaw

The beauty of Nothern Laos in September lies in its fresh and lush green color provided by months of rain. For people who love to see a bit more nature, we recommend that you go to Nong Khiaw. It is a village located on the bank of the Nam Ou River, bringing a unique mix of limestone and greens. The town is relatively small and thus renting a bike to explore its surroundings is always on the list of travellers.

Caves are adventurers’ favorite when it comes to Nong Khiaw. There are two caves: Pha Tok and Pha Khuang, about 2-3 kilometers away from town. You can go up to Pha Tok using concrete steps (they are quite steep, and it can be slippery in September; bring a good pair of shoes). Meanwhile, Pha Kuang requires a bit more strength from you, but actual climbing is needed.

Nong Khiaw Laos
Nong Khiaw Laos (Image: The Slow Road)


If you are into trekking, Phongsali is your call. It is the capital of Phongsali province of Northern Laos which lies 1430 meters on the slopes of Mount Phu Fa. With only about 6000 inhabitants, this little town is not at all populated by tourists which is absolutely a Laos off-the-beaten-path place. Therefore makes it perfect for those who wish to trek while wanting to make contact with the local ethnics. Your trek can last up to 5 days. In September, you can witness lively festivals and take part in local celebrations. Trek through rice terraces, interact with friendly locals and savor the untouched beauty of the region.

There is a tea plantation that is 400 years old situated 18 kilometers away. It has the world’s oldest tea trees according to some experts, giving a very different and unique aroma and taste for the Phongsali tea. If the beauty of Northern Laos in September lies in its greeneries, this tea plantation is where you can truly observe it. Going along to the top of the tea mountain, among the lush lively green tea trees you can also see the town from above.

Note: Remember that September is the rainy season, it also means that can be quite slippery when climbing mountainous areas

Locals in Phongsali
Locals in Phongsali (Image: Remote Lands)

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a scenic town surrounded by towering karst mountains, caves, and the Nam Song River. While known for its adventure activities like tubing and rock climbing, Vang Vieng also offers serene landscapes to explore. In September, the lush vegetation and flowing rivers create a refreshing ambiance. Explore the Tham Chang Cave, kayak along the river, and soak in the natural beauty of this captivating destination.

Muang La

Muang La, located in the northern province of Oudomxay, is a hidden gem that offers a tranquil escape. Surrounded by mountains, hot springs, and rice fields, Muang La provides a serene setting for relaxation and cultural immersion. Enjoy traditional Lao massages, visit local villages, and take part in a Baci ceremony to experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.

Muang La in Laos
Muang La in Laos

Tips for visiting Laos in September?

If you’re planning a trip to Laos in September, here are some helpful tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  • Pack lightweight, breathable clothing and a rain jacket or umbrella.
  • Be flexible with your itinerary due to the occasional rainfall.
  • Embrace the lush green landscapes and vibrant vegetation.
  • Experience local festivals and cultural celebrations.
  • Stay hydrated and mindful of food hygiene.
  • Plan indoor activities as alternatives to outdoor ones.
  • Connect with locals and immerse yourself in the culture.


When Should I Avoid Visiting Laos?

If you prefer drier weather and more predictable conditions, it’s best to avoid visiting Laos during the peak of the rainy season, which typically occurs from July to September. Additionally, the months of October and November also tend to have higher chances of rainfall.

What is the Weather Like in Laos in August and September?

In both August and September, Laos experiences similar weather patterns as they both fall within the rainy season. Expect warm temperatures with occasional rainfall. The landscapes are lush and vibrant, providing a unique atmosphere despite the rain.

In conclusion, while the dry season is generally considered the more popular time to visit Laos, September offers its own unique charm, particularly for those who wish to witness the beauty of Northern Laos during this time. Destinations like Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw, Phongsali, Vang Vieng, and Muang La offer captivating experiences and picturesque landscapes, even amidst the occasional rain showers.

Bumped up by infrequent rain, cool weather, various shades of jade sceneries, and cultural activities for you to explore. It might not be the best season, but hey, it also means fewer tourists, and therefore you can travel and see more with so much ease and joy!

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